- Act Now
- Open Internet
- Promoting Creativity
- Open & Accessible Technology
Background: Yesterday, Public Knowledge filed two sets of comments responding to Verizon's proposed spectrum swap with T-Mobile and explaining the impact of those spectrum swaps on Verizon's pending transactions with SpectrumCo. These comments are available here.
The following statement may be attributed to Jodie Griffin, Staff Attorney.
"The proposed spectrum swap between Verizon and T-Mobile could lead to certain public interest benefits if the transaction includes data roaming obligations and 'use it or share it' conditions that make spectrum available for other uses if the carriers do not meet certain build-out goals. However, this spectrum deal does nothing to solve the serious competitive harms threatened by the commercial agreements between Verizon, Comcast, and the other cable companies.
"Public Knowledge has consistently warned that the harms of the Verizon/SpectrumCo deal go well beyond issues of spectrum concentration, and that the core harms of the Verizon/SpectrumCo transaction flow from the companies' related anticompetitive commercial agreements.
"The joint marketing, reseller, and Joint Operating Entity agreements continue to threaten competition in the next generation of telecommunications technologies. The proposed spectrum swaps do nothing to address these problems."